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Where’d All These Calvinists Come From?

August 25, 2017

By Charlie Harris, Pastor
Trinity Baptist Church Vicksburg, MS;
Connect 3:16 Board Member

In 2007, Reformed pastor Mark Dever wrote a ten part blog titled, Where’d all these Calvinists come from?(1) He wrote from a historical perspective detailing 10 influences, which have caused Calvinism to surge since the 1950’s.  His thesis was that certain people, publishers, and events have caused a Calvinistic revival. The purpose of this article is not to answer the question from a historical perspective, but rather from a personal perspective by observing the theological background of current Calvinists in the Southern Baptist Convention. Recently on a Reformed Facebook page, a survey asked Calvinists to provide their religious denominational background. (2) The options included Baptist (Non-Reformed), Pentecostal, Non-Denominational, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist (Reformed), and a few others. Close to 1000 people responded to the survey, and the number one response was Baptist (Non-Reformed). Over 1/3 of all those who were surveyed had a background in a Traditionalist Baptist church. So, where’d all these Calvinists come from? Many of them come from Traditional Baptist churches. Continue reading

We Are Truly God’s Temple

August 10, 2017

By Ronnie Rogers, Pastor
Trinity Baptist Church Norman, OK

Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Cor 3:16)

The church in the New Testament has replaced the sacred Old Testament temple. The New Testament says that Christ’s body is a temple (John 2:19–21), the universal church is a temple (Eph 2:20–21), the individual Christian’s body is a temple (1 Cor 6:19), and in this verse the local church is a temple of God. The you is plural in this passage, signifying the corporate local body of believers. Consequently, every local New Testament church is a temple of God. Continue reading

4 Common Myths of Christians Rationalizing Cohabiting

August 8, 2017

By Evan LeNow
Associate Professor of Ethics and teaches in the School of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at theological matters and is used by permission.

In 2016, approximately 18 million adults in the U.S. were in cohabiting relationships. This represents a 27 percent increase since 2007. While more than half of cohabiters are under 35 years old, the increase is more significant among those older than 50. This demographic has seen a 75 percent increase in cohabitation over the last decade.[1] When the rising rates of cohabitation are coupled with declining marriage rates, the visibility of cohabitation in American culture has seen a marked increase. Continue reading

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